Friday, November 8, 2002

Business Profile: Lisa Ibias
Title and company: Owner, Alaskan Dames/Gents Consignment Shop

New organic regs sprout changes in Juneau stores
From the small, locally-owned Rainbow Foods natural grocery store to the larger, national retailers such as Fred Meyer, grocery stores in Juneau are gearing up to comply with new federal organic food regulations. The rules for organic certification don't even allow organic and nonorganic foods to be washed in the same sink, let alone displayed in the same bin. With penalties of up to $10,000 if food represented as organic is contaminated with nonorganic compounds, stores in Juneau are taking the regulations seriously.

Cruising to a different future
The Huna Totem Corp. and Koma Sales Co. LLC hope the draw of an old cannery and a new Native cultural center will convince major cruise lines to incorporate a Hoonah cruise stop in their Alaska itineraries. The Point Sophia Development Co. LLC, a joint venture between Huna Totem and Koma Sales, announced last week its plans to develop a cruise ship port at the site of the former Hoonah cannery, 1 1/2 miles northeast of Hoonah and 22 miles from Glacier Bay National Park.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business briefs
Business workshop; Norman is sales agent

Remember the sacrifice
Eighty-four years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I ended. That war was called the war to end all wars. Tragically 21 years after the Armistice, a far more devastating war engulfed the world.

Swap gray for green
I believe the poor old dapple-gray donkey is dead! So let us bury her or him with a nice quite service and then get on with life under the young and vibrantly verdant Green Party banner, where the ideas are as totally fresh as a brisk morning hike in the Tongass old growth forest.

Make way for emergency vehicles
What do you do when you are on the road and you see a flashing blue light coming up behind you? I have been a resident in Juneau for years and in all the time I have been here, I have never seen anyone in this community pull over for the workers and volunteers of Capital City Fire and Rescue (CCFR).

Quality of life issue
I am writing to you in response to the article regarding the possible development of the Berners Bay region by the Kensington Mine and Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. I am concerned about the fact that this development may pose a serious environmental risk to the recreational, economic and intrinsic values of this unique place.

Honor our heroes
Since 1954 our nation has set aside Veterans Day as a time to honor the commitment and dedication of the thousands of Americans who have served in our armed forces. Today, we once again pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom.

Why not drive friendly?
I am in awe at the level our Juneau drivers have dropped to. Is it the fact that it is getting darker earlier and everybody is in a rush to get home? I would have thought that with the departure of the tourists and seasonal residents, the road would be less congested and driving improved.

Honesty appreciated
A wonderful thing happened to me last weekend. I had purchased a purse at Gottschalk's several days earlier and made an honest attempt to convince myself that I really needed it, and that it was not too large for me. Good sense prevailed however, and I returned the purse to the store for credit.

Fulfill campaign promises
Congratulations to the Republicans, who truly prevailed in the general election. We now have Republican Frank Murkowski running our state, a Republican-controlled Alaska Senate, and another supermajority for the Republicans in the Alaska House of Representatives. If these candidates live up to their campaign promises, we will see a good future for our state.

Too valuable a resource
In response to the declarations made by Coeur Alaska Inc. in Sunday's Empire, the new Kensington Mine plan is not an improved plan for the environment. The new plan includes construction of a dam that would contain the billions of gallons of mine waste planned on being dumped into Slate Lake by Coeur Alaska. This polluted lake water could then inevitably travel downstream into Slate Creek. Slate Creek enters Berners Bay.

Faulting the effort
Tumult, shouting; captains, kings; letters, editor. Here are two suggestions for the next campaign. First, the last time so many letters to the editor ran in the Empire, Nimbus was occupying Nimbus Plaza, and writing letters to you was the only way most people thought they had to get rid of it. Nimbus now has a fine home at the Subport and there have to be other and better ways to elect a candidate.

Concern for health consumers
It is quite admirable that Alaska is keeping up with modern times by licensing tattoo artists and hairstylists. Every one of us wants to reduce the chance of a bad haircut. With licensed tattoo artists we are also increasing the odds that a true artist is creating a work of art that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Game Board discussion is source of pride
I recently had a remarkable experience, and one that makes me proud of my fellow Alaskans. I observed several days of public testimony and the deliberations of the Board Of Game on a large number of proposals affecting Southeast. The Board took extraordinary care to be sure they understood the implications of each proposal and carefully questioned each person testifying.

Call in to sign out
During this past campaign we handed out hundreds of signs to Bruce Weyhrauch supporters. The day after the election a great effort was made in picking up our signs.

Tireless efforts
Mayor Sally Smith, Win Gruening, and the entire Alaska Committee deserve maximum thanks for their tireless efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 5.

Give changes time
I wonder when people will start realizing that when the state does not have enough income to run government, it must do the same thing that you and I must to keep our checkbook balanced. We start depriving ourselves of things we can probably do without. I think we should insist that our governments do the same until we can find ways to increase our coffers.

Acknowledging the effort
I wanted to thank the Juneau Empire for its part in the recent election.

FYI
Births

Local Briefs
Hundreds of local children voted Tuesday; Fog, wind cause overflights; City secures wharf bonds with $5 fee;

City dumps tax for junkers
Juneau Assembly members on Wednesday nixed a motor vehicle registration tax to pay for ridding the city of junk cars, deciding instead to tackle the issue during budget discussions this spring. Under a staff proposal, the city would have tacked a $13 annual fee onto the cost to register a car through the state Division of Motor Vehicles. The money would have paid for a pilot program that would dispose of 800 rundown vehicles a year.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

White bear gets a pass
The state Board of Game will protect rare white-colored black bears in the Juneau area and educate Mendenhall Wetlands duck hunters about courtesy, rather than close part of the game refuge. The seven-member panel, convening since Saturday at Centennial Hall, closed its biennial Southeast meeting Thursday with consideration of some Juneau, regional and statewide issues. Board member Tim Towarak of Nome was absent.

Juneau Airport plans expansion
The Juneau Airport is considering a $5 million, 14,000-square foot terminal expansion to accommodate new security equipment and allay a loss of office space. Under a new federal law, all airports will be required to screen checked bags for explosives by the end of the year. In Juneau, the airport plans to rearrange the downstairs lobby to add four to six detection machines and the Transportation Security Administration staffers who go with them, airport Manager Allan Heese said Wednesday.

Dzantik'i Heeni kids take to yoga
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-graders Mitchell Dunlap and Lauren Haight practice a balance move Thursday during their yoga physical education class.

Sentenced to learn
For the any of the 20 or so teenage inmates "on the unit" at Johnson Youth Center's treatment facility, every morning begins on a narrow bed in a 4-by-8-foot cell waiting to hear the click of the doors being unlocked, a sign that they can go to class. At Johnson Youth Center, skipping school is a punishment, not a reward. "For many of the kids, school is the best part of their day, and in that respect it is an ideal teaching situation," said Johnson Youth Center teacher Jo Dahl. "One the other hand, I never know who is going to be in class. If you can't come to class, you have to stay in your room, and I slide the homework under the door."

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, times for a presentation and workshops by storyteller Jim Weiss were incorrect in Thursday's edition of the Empire's arts and entertainment sect

Reporting of sex abuse incidents in the church often incorrect
A few weeks ago, a significant number of newspapers around the United States stated that the Vatican had rejected the U.S. Catholic Bishop's norms for protecting children and young people. The norms had come about as a result of a number of incidents in which priests had sexually abused youth. Reporting of these incidents understandably has been quite extensive given the nature of the crime as well as the persons who committed the crime. Still, the reporting often has been incorrect.

Antoniadis, Gray wed
Dean Antoniadis of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Tammy Gray, formerly of Juneau, were married on Oct. 18, 2002, at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs.

Sealaska to kick off new lecture series in Juneau
Distinguished Tlingit linguist Jeff Leer will be the inaugural speaker featured at the new Sealaska Heritage Lecture Series, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 12. The lecture series is a new project by Sealaska Heritage Institute meant to tap expertise of Alaska Native language and culture scholars for the benefit of the public, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who conceived of the project.

Thank you
... thanks for the spooktacular support!; ...for your time.

Peel wins P.E.O. grant for continuing education
The P.E.O. sisterhood has been helpful bringing increased opportunities for higher education to local women. Recently, Chapter G sponsored and awarded a grant for continuing education to Nancy Peel. She is attending the University of Alaska Southeast.

Pearce, Davis to marry
Emma Louise Pearce and Gerald Kenneth Davis Jr. will marry Nov. 11, 2002, in Juneau. Friends and family are invited to join them at 12:30 p.m. at Switzer Recreation Hall for the ceremony and reception.

Pastor appreciation also should include long labor of wives
October is traditionally considered to be Clergy Appreciation month. That we need to set aside a month of each year to recognize and appreciate our pastors should remind us that we perhaps do not appreciate the tireless service our pastors perform for our churches and communities.

Photo: Kids voting
Big Sister Roxy Kohler and Little Sister Carrie volunteer at the KidsVoting booth at the Assembly chambers Tuesday. Courtesy of Jenny Malecha.

Amy Williams Ebona Nelson
Longtime Juneau resident Amy Williams Ebona Nelson died Nov. 2, 2002, in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Three Juneau wrestlers earn perfect records at first meet of the season
Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers finished undefeated at the team's first meet of the season, held last weekend at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.

Juneau spikers head to region tourney
This has been an incredible, undefeated season for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team. But as incredible and undefeated as the season has been, it won't mean much if the Crimson Bears don't win this weekend's Region V-Class 4A title at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.

Swimmers hope to make waves at state
ANCHORAGE - The boys half of the state swimming and diving championships this weekend is so close it's like drawing names out of a hat - you could reach in, pull out any team's name and call it the champion.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska basketball team wins gold at World Senior Games
JUNEAU - The Alaska Nanooks men's basketball team won gold and silver medals in the age 55-plus "B" Division at the Huntsman World Senior Games held Oct. 7-19 in St. George, Utah.

25 arrested, 44 indicted in big drug bust
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-five people were arrested Thursday in what federal officials are calling Alaska's biggest drug bust, a conspiracy that has resulted in indictments of 130 people in multiple states. U.S. Attorney Tim Burgess said the two-year investigation netted more than 220 pounds of cocaine and $1.6 million in cash.

Couple gets more than simulation at quake display
ANCHORAGE - To learn more about their adopted community of Anchorage, Susan and Jerry Wortley decided Sunday to visit the Alaska Experience Theatre and its earthquake simulation auditorium. So when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook up Anchorage and much of the rest of the state, they thought it was all part of the show. "We got our money's worth," Jerry Wortley said.

Oil flowing again after earthquake
ANCHORAGE - Tankers in Valdez were expected to resume loading crude oil today after Wednesday's resumption of trans-Alaska pipeline operations. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. shut the pipeline down for 66 hours after Sunday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake south of Fairbanks. About 300 people worked to restart the 800-mile pipeline Wednesday morning and no leaks were detected, said Alyeska spokesman Mike Heatwole.

Third parties don't make the cut
Two of the state's six political parties face the prospect of losing official party status following a poor showing for their gubernatorial candidates in Tuesday's general election. Although the official ballot count will not be completed until Nov. 29, the Green Party and Republican Moderate Party are far from receiving the necessary votes to maintain their spots on the ballot.

State Briefs
Hoonah mourns drowning victim; Police hunt for muggers; Flaming flatbed sparks suspicion; Motorists slip-slide into winter; Alaskan confirmed dead in Bali; Man charged with assaulting baby gets eight years

Ratfish is named after Ketchikan artist Ray Troll
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan artist and fish enthusiast Ray Troll has achieved immortality in the world of ichthyology. A ratfish species found in the waters off New Zealand and New Caledonia in the southern Pacific Ocean has been named in Troll's honor.

Pete Kott chosen to lead House
After days of negotiations following Tuesday's general election, Republican leaders announced today that Eagle River Republican Pete Kott will be the new speaker of the House, a caucus member said. Kott and John Harris, a Valdez Republican, were vying to replace Brian Porter as speaker. Porter, a former Anchorage police chief, did not seek re-election to a sixth term.

GOP gains improve chance of ANWR drilling
The GOP's tighter grip on Congress will make it easier for ANWR drilling proponents. But advocates as well as critics of drilling for oil on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say the Republican takeover of the Senate doesn't guarantee such a measure would pass.

State briefS
Students bring guns to school; Quake reported in North Pacific; Man suffers burns from power lines

Wiseman school shuts down because of low enrollment
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon-Koyukuk School District this week closed the Wiseman school, citing low enrollment.

Election changes face of legislative leadership
ANCHORAGE - Big changes in legislative leadership will come in January as a result of Tuesday's election and retirements. "It is, maybe, a new guard coming in," said Anchorage Republican Rep. Con Bunde, who is moving to the Senate.

Murkowski, Knowles begin the transition
ANCHORAGE - The day after his decisive victory, Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski began the process of taking office. The day started with a phone call from the Bush White House - at about 4 a.m. Alaska time - and then a conversation with Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat who is leaving office after eight years.

Fairbanks woman named teacher of the year
FAIRBANKS - A drama and choir teacher at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks is Alaska's new teacher of the year for 2003. Alicia Lewis was notified today by state Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway that she had been selected from among four finalists by a panel of educators, parents and administrators.

Ski film 'Storm' showing
JUNEAU - The Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard school is sponsoring two showings of Warren Miller's new film, "Storm," Thursday, Nov. 7.

Beyond heritage
Through story, Ishmael Hope looks toward the future of Native culture while trying to honor and show respect toward the past. "What I'm trying to create is a high level of communication," said the 20-year-old Inupiaq and Tlingit member of the Kiks'adi Clan. "Communicating with the imagination, with the body. To discover and rediscover play. To discover and rediscover the actual physical sensation of dream and story."

Where's 'What's Up With That?'
Q: Where is the What's Up With That column this week?

Museum offers kids beading class
JUNEAU - Salty Hanes of Spirit Beads will teach a children's beading class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The class is a kickoff for the family beading circle, which also begins this weekend from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the museum.

Movies where and when
"Abandon," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Nov. 7, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Best Bets: Tips for losers, winners and the election-weary
I am writing this on Election Day. Every single race is a nail-biter and though it is geeky to admit, I am a political junkie. For the last few weeks, I have been mainlining political news coverage as my principal source of entertainment. When you read this, it will be Thursday, and the election will be over, votes tallied, finito. Like more than a few of you, my mood may darken depending on how things turn out.

Loving the spoken word
When Jim Weiss was a child, his father entertained Weiss and his younger brother with stories taken from classical literature and history. Weiss fell in love with the stories and the art of storytelling, and as an adult he happily entertained family and friends, acting out each character and creating distinctive voices.

What's happening
Theater

Bishop Kenny auction Nov. 9
JUNEAU - The eighth annual Bishop Kenny auction benefiting Perseverance Theatre will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Twisted Fish restaurant.

Is it OK to shoot a horse for laughs?
In all of American culture, there is no single individual more devoted to owning his own moron than the person of cow - as cowboys would be known if political correctness were applicable to them. Of course, it isn't - applicable, I mean - since there is no culture to the handling of cows. One is a peasant, rides a horse and shovels out stables. The culture part comes in when the "cowboy" or "cowwoman" enters fiction and, in particular, movies.

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